| Jun 6, 2014
| 7:23 PM
Red lines haven't been kind to President Obama. When he warned Syria's Bashar Assad against using chemical weapons, Assad used them anyway. When he warned Russia against seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin went ahead and annexed the place.
But there was...
| May 21, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Climate change threatens not only to undermine how much food can be grown but also the quality of that food as altered weather patterns lead to a less desirable harvest, according to a new study.
Crops grown by many of the nation's farmers have a...
| Jan 7, 2014
The war in Syria, and the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia it in part represents, again reared its ugly head in Beirut on Dec. 27 and Jan. 2.
First came the car bomb that killed moderate Lebanese politician Mohamad Chatah and six others. Many...
| Nov 8, 2013
More than 30 years ago, I wrote a series for the Tribune, called "City on the Brink," on Chicago's descent into Rust Belt torpor. It chronicled a litany of loss — of industries, stores, people, jobs and taxes — that seemingly doomed Chicago to...
| Nov 24, 2013
Seven Sundays ago, we launched this quest for a new Plan of Chicago with a sense of urgency and a question mark as tall as Tribune Tower: Would readers and organizations concur that intertwined challenges confront Chicago with the fourth great crisis of...
| Apr 18, 2014
A warehouse built by onetime Chicago merchant Montgomery Ward & Co. is now home to the sleekly chic U.S. headquarters of an imported corporate citizen: Britain-based vacuum cleaner-maker Dyson.
The company that made an everyday household appliance hot...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 10:47 AM
A panel of Democrats and Republicans led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday agreed federal immigration reform makes sense for Chicago but differed on President Barack Obama’s record on border security and the logistics of getting something done....
| Jan 26, 2014
| 2:40 PM
Not long ago, Torsten Gessner, a top executive at a German manufacturing giant, had to decide where to locate the company's new North American headquarters. Consultants offered up a short list with some obvious candidates: San Francisco and Boston because...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 8:32 AM
I had the pleasure of watching Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman speak at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs this past week, which I will partially remember for his edifying remarks on the state of the economy...
| Oct 29, 2012
Amy Francetic was at a child's birthday party in 2004 when she decided it was time to leave Silicon Valley.
"I was sitting there listening to 6-year-olds talk about IPOs and whose house was bigger and how much a wedding dress cost," she said.
| Aug 1, 2013
WKSC-FM morning personality Christopher "Brotha' Fred" Frederick, who in early 2011 replaced Kevin "DreX" Buchar as the voice of the Top 40 station known as Kiss FM, late last month paid $865,000 for a two-bedroom, 53rd-floor unit in a new condominium...